Monday, February 18, 2013

Dad in "custody battle" crashes car at 130 miles per hour with 5-year-old son in backseat (Indianola, Iowa)

The reaction of Daddy's family is very typical for abusers. Blame Mom for everything in the universe, but don't hold Dad responsible for everything.

I'm inclined to think that courts got it right in this instance. Any father who engages in juvenile police chases at 130 miles an hour with a frightened 5-year-old child in the car is too freaking immature, at best, to have any custodial rights.

Dad, who managed to kill himself in this crash, is identified as JEREMIAH ELDON JOHNSON.

High-speed crash that killed fugitive father still under investigation

Feb. 17, 2013 10:57 PM

Written by The Des Moines Register

Law enforcement officials continue to investigate the crash that killed a man and sent his son to the hospital after a high-speed chase early Friday morning.

Johnnathen Eldon Johnson, 5, was in the back seat of a car driven by his father, Jeremiah Eldon Johnson, 33, when it struck a parked police car in Indianola at an estimated 130 mph. Johnnathen Johnson was found crying on the floor of the car behind the driver’s seat after the crash. His father was pronounced dead at the scene.

“All we’re involved in now is the technical investigation after he hit the squad car,” said Sgt. Scott Bright of the Iowa State Patrol on Sunday.

As of Saturday, Johnnathen Johnson was listed in stable condition. An update on his medical condition was not available Sunday.

Bright said the crash investigation could take up to three or four weeks to complete.

The chase took place after a series of domestic incidents and a custody battle that both authorities and family members said left Jeremiah Johnson on the run with his child. It started near Clive and ended in Indianola.

Some of Jeremiah Johnson’s family on Saturday said he was deeply concerned about the welfare of his child, particularly after his ex-wife April Lozano had been granted full custody of the child in July. Jeremiah Johnson believed a man Lozano had been seeing was an ex-convict, they said.